Secure network devices from
firmware vulnerabilities

What are firmware vulnerabilities?

Firmware refers to the software embedded in hardware devices that provide instructions for their operation. Vulnerabilities occur when flaws or weaknesses are present in the firmware's code, which allows attackers to exploit them for malicious purposes. Firmware vulnerabilities pose significant risks as they can compromise network security, cause device malfunctions, and lead to privacy breaches.

Potential risks of firmware vulnerabilities

Prevent malicious attack

A device's compromised firmware creates a pathway for attackers to implant malicious code that propagates through networks, infecting other connected devices and potentially leading to a larger-scale cyberattacks such as malware infections or network breaches.

Protect against unauthorized access

By enabling unauthorized access to devices, firmware vulnerabilities allow attackers to gain control over devices, bypass security measures, and execute malicious actions, such as stealing personal information or remotely controlling the affected devices.

Improve device reliability

Firmware vulnerabilities can affect the functionality and reliability of devices, causing system crashes and unexpected behavior resulting in productivity losses and physical harm if the device is critical for safety purposes.

Check for patch updates

Difficult to detect and patch, firmware vulnerabilities require firmware updates that are often complex and require collaboration between the device manufacturer and end users.

Protecting your networks from risks due to firmware vulnerabilities

Firmware vulnerabilities management with Site24x7's NCM

Device manufacturers release firmware updates to mitigate the risks associated with firmware vulnerabilities. Users should promptly apply these updates, and take additional security measures such as strong passwords and network segmentation. Staying informed about emerging firmware vulnerabilities and adopting proactive security measures minimizes or eliminates their impact.

Using a firmware vulnerability management tool that regularly scans for device vulnerabilities, categorizes them based on the risk level, and provides information about patches available from the device manufacturer is the best way to defend your network.

Why you need firmware vulnerability management

Firmware vulnerabilities might arise due to design flaws, coding errors, insecure configurations, or outdated versions. Proactive measures help prevent malicious actors from exploiting weaknesses and compromising your device's integrity. Firmware vulnerability management also helps to ensure that the device is kept up to date with the latest security patches and updates, providing an additional layer of protection.

Why you need firmware vulnerability management

How Site24x7 helps with
firmware vulnerability management

Network Configuration Management ensures that network devices in an organization function optimally and securely. Our NCM tool helps address network configuration and change management, while ensuring network compliance.

  • View latest vulnerabilities information

    Stay aware of risks

    Learn about emerging firmware vulnerabilities based on data from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

  • Regular scans to check for vulnerabilities

    Stay vigilant with regular scans

    Monitor and scan firmware for known vulnerabilities, and view the severity score to prioritize patch fixes.

  • Protect your networks from exploits

    Stay safe from threats

    Protect your networks against unauthorized access or malicious activities by adopting proactive security measures (like applying patches or replacing the device) to minimize their potential impact.

Improve network resilience with Site24x7

Regular scans to prevent exploits

Delve deep into your network

View detailed information on the dashboard after regular scans, and analyze vulnerabilities based on exposed devices and firmware versions.

View in-depth details

View insightful

Track the inventory of vulnerable devices, document firmware versions, inspect exposed devices, and examine detailed information about each vulnerability.

Check for patch updates

Patch updates
made easy

Stay updated with information about the newest vulnerabilities with data from NIST and view links to the latest firmware patches for those device vulnerabilities.

Best practices for firmware vulnerability management

Establish a response plan

Establish a response plan that includes a process for identification, assessment, and remediation. The easiest way is to use a firmware vulnerability scanner like the one from Site24x7. It scans for new firmware vulnerabilities, categorizes them based on severity, and provides relevant links showing any patches available.

Train employees

Train employees on the importance of firmware vulnerability management. Since the manual process is usually cumbersome and prone to errors, use the Site24x7 dashboard to simplify the process and minimize risks. Our NCM feature is regularly updated with data from NIST to stay one step ahead of attackers who exploit vulnerabilities.